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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Barista Pinotage 2020  Front Label
    Barista Pinotage 2020
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
      Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
      Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
      • TA95
      • RP90
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    • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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      • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
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        • V91
        • RP90
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      • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
        Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
        Pinot Noir from South Africa
        • WE93
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      • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Indaba Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from South Africa
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        • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
          • V90
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        • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
          Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
            Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
            Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
            • WW89
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          • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
            Meerlust Rubicon 2016
            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
            • D93
            • WS90
            • RP90
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          • Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
              Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
              Other White Blends from South Africa
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              • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
                Graham Beck Brut Rose
                Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
                • TA91
                • D90
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              • Sadie Family Palladius 2018  Front Label
                Sadie Family Palladius 2018
                Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
                • RP94
                • V94
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              • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
                Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                • WE92
                • WS90
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              • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018  Front Label
                Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018
                Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec  Front Label
                  Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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                  • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
                    De Toren Fusion V 2017
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                    • WS91
                    • V91
                    • RP91
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                  • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                    Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2019
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                      De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                      Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                      • De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020  Front Label
                        De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020
                        Rosé from South Africa
                        • RP88
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                      • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                        Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                        • Lievland Pinotage 2018  Front Label
                          Lievland Pinotage 2018
                          Pinotage from South Africa
                          • RP89
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